Cuyahoga County

Driver sentenced to 25-years for fatal crash that killed three teens


A Cleveland man will spend 25 years in prison for a high-speed crash that killed three Euclid girls as he drove them to a party in Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood.

Kareem Walton, 21, was sentenced Friday by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Maureen Clancy for the July 9, 2016 crash that killed Alexandria Winegarner, Takia Jackson and Daija Wynne, all 17 of Euclid.

Two other teens-- Wynne's 15-year-old sister Delana Wynne and Rashida Thomas, 14-- suffered serious injuries and were hospitalized.

Walton pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and other charges that accused him of driving intoxicated the night of the crash. He was also sentenced for an unrelated burglary and assault.

He apologized to the some two dozen family members and friends of the victims who attended the hearing.

The crash happened about 12:05 a.m. Saturday on Kirby Avenue near Hazeldell Drive.

Walton told police he picked the group up near East 222nd Street in Euclid to take them to a party on East 105th Street and Garfield Avenue for a friend who was recently released from prison.

Officers on patrol said Walton's 2006 Pontiac G6 whizzed by their cruiser westbound on Kirby at a speed somewhere between 78 and 87 mph. The officer reported having to swerve out of the way to avoid being hit.

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